The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles' Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.
American universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. The United States is the number one and largest destination for international students seeking higher education overseas.
Today about 30 percent of all current international students in the world are studying in the United States.